Awesome August Shows We Recommend in Chicago

by That Guy on August 3, 2009

This month reminds me of the late great Billy Mays because the word “August” sounds so much like “Awesome Auger.” August also signifies the beginning/end of summer in Chicago all in the same month, so it’s even more important you get out and enjoy the rock show this month while the weather is good. Enter Lollapalooza. It will be extra special this year, with Oz making the journey in from California to join Shirk, Woody, myself and loyal HearYa reader/Tom Cruise body-double ViaChicago for the festivities. We have live sessions scheduled with Henry Clay People and The Low Anthem that very weekend at Shirk Music & Sound, and of course Lollapalooza during the day. If your life isn’t quite this awesome-auger, there’s still plenty more to see this month around town.

Pete Yorn – Park West – 8/3 & 8/4

Andrew Bird – Schubas – 8/6

Andrew Bird – Heretics

The Decemberists / Heartless Bastards – Metro – 8/6

Exclusive: Heartless Bastards – Hold Your Head High (HearYa Live Session)

Arctic Monkeys – Metro – 8/7

Arctic Monkeys – Mardy Bum

Various Artists – Lollapalooza at Grant Park – 8/7 & 8/8

Dan Auerbach – Schubas – 8/8

The Gaslight Anthem / Constantines – Double Door – 8/8

The Gaslight Anthem – ’59 Sound (from Fuel for Friends)

Fleet Foxes – Metro – 8/8

Fleet Foxes – He Doesn’t Know Why

Joe Pug / The Low Anthem – The Hideout – 8/8

Joe Pug – In The Meantime

The Low Anthem – Charlie Darwin

The Duke and The King – Schubas – 8/14

The Duke and The King – If You Ever Get Famous

Daniel Johnston – The Metro – 8/15

Lucero – Subterranean – 8/15

Lucero – Hey Darling, Do You Gamble (acoustic, courtesy of Fuel for Friends)

These United States – Green Music Fest at Eckhart Park – 8/16

These United States – I Want You To Keep Everything

Brendan Benson – Schubas – 8/20

Brendan Benson – Feel Like Taking You Home

Stephen Kellogg – Old Town School of Folk Music – 8/23

Two Cow Garage – Schubas – 8/23

Two Cow Garage – Your Humble Narrator

Pearl Jam – United Center – 8/23-24

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Jay Pritzker Pavilion – 8/24

Exclusive: Rural Alberta Advantage – Edmonton (HearYa Live Session)

Modest Mouse – Aragon Ballroom – 8/25

The Roadside Graves – The Bottom Lounge – 8/26

The Roadside Graves – Ruby

Wheat – Schubas – 8/29

Wheat – Changes Is

What did we miss?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

oddbodkins August 3, 2009 at 9:19 am

The only “problem” with Modest Mouse is you never know which Brock you’re going to get–so it’s either an excellent show or a lackluster one.

i assume you have your tickets already to see Dan.

Shirk August 3, 2009 at 9:24 am

The Garden Weasel is way better than the Awesome Auger….just a thought.

northern rock August 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I saw the Decemberists/Hearless Bastards last night in Toronto at the Kool Haus and I have to say the show was incredible! Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden were on hand to deliver incredible lead vocals. Their stage presence was amazing.

Heartless Bastards also did very well – I think it was the first show on the tour.

liz August 5, 2009 at 8:41 am

It blows my mind that Modest Mouse isn’t making it out to New York to tour for the new album. I guess I may have to make it out to Chicago instead.

Vanessa August 7, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Ahhhh! *(&^@#!
I leave town for a couple weeks for some R&R and come back to find all these shows I wanted to catch are sold to mofo OUT.
Well, at least I can say TGIF.
Enjoy the great music to be had this weekend

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